collapse

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noun
1 building, etc. suddenly falling
ADJECTIVE
sudden

the sudden collapse of the bridge

PHRASES
be in danger of collapse
2 medical condition
ADJECTIVE
sudden
mental, nervous, physical
VERB + COLLAPSE
be close to, be on the point of, be on the verge of

She was on the verge of nervous collapse.

PHRASES
a state of collapse

He was in a state of mental and physical collapse.

3 sudden/complete failure of sth
ADJECTIVE
complete, total
general
virtual
sudden
economic, financial

the sudden economic collapse of 2001

VERB + COLLAPSE
bring about, cause, contribute to, lead to, result in, trigger

The war has led to the collapse of agriculture in the area.

be faced with, face
be on the brink of, be on the point of, be on the verge of
avoid, prevent
predict
watch, witness
PREPOSITION
collapse into

a collapse into anarchy

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verb
1 of a building
ADVERB
completely
PREPOSITION
into

Several buildings have collapsed into the ocean.

under

The roof collapsed under the weight of snow.

2 of a sick person
ADVERB
suddenly
immediately
almost, nearly
PREPOSITION
against

The man collapsed against the wall and slid down it.

from

She collapsed suddenly from a heart attack.

with

She collapsed with shock.

PHRASES
collapse in a heap

He collapsed in a heap on the floor.

3 fail
ADVERB
eventually, finally

In November the strike finally collapsed.

quickly, rapidly
suddenly
almost, nearly, virtually
PHRASES
to collapse in the face of sth

The theory collapsed in the face of the evidence.

Collapse is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑bank, ↑building, ↑business, ↑case, ↑cave, ↑ceiling, ↑civilization, ↑coalition, ↑economy, ↑empire, ↑firm, ↑house, ↑lung, ↑market, ↑negotiation, ↑price, ↑regime, ↑resistance, ↑roof, ↑scheme, ↑system, ↑talk, ↑tent, ↑tower, ↑trial, ↑truce, ↑wall, ↑world
Collapse is used with these nouns as the object: ↑distinction, ↑pushchair

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